Tuesday, March 6, 2018

How to turn your bathroom into your own personal spa.

There's something so inviting about a spa – it's a calm, tranquil getaway that allows you to leave your troubles at the door for an hour of relaxation. But wouldn't it be so much better if paradise was just footsteps away from your bedroom? News flash: You don't need to book an appointment at the sauna to receive spa treatment. Just turn your bathroom into your own personal station for relaxation.
It's simple. All it takes is some creativity and a few design tips from a Decorating Den Interiors personal decorator. Here are five ways to create the serene bathroom of your dreams:
1. Revamp your hardware
When was the last time your bathroom received a facelift from the floor to the ceiling? Now is the perfect time to take advantage of a revamp. You can achieve a spa-inspired bathroom with a clear, frameless shower, free standing bathtub and a sink with a waterfall faucet.

2.  Accent with textures inspired by nature
Staying on the subject of remodeling your bathroom, Houzz suggested accenting the space with textures inspired by nature. Sleek, wooden countertops and stone tile flooring can turn your washroom into the tranquil environment you deserve.

3. Take advantage of natural lighting
If your bathroom allows it, take advantage of all the natural lighting you can get. But if the room's location – or lack of windows – doesn't make this an option, simply invest in overhead lighting that gives off the same effect. A personal decorator can help narrow down a variety of lighting fixtures until you find the one that best fits the aesthetic of your dreams.

4. Accessorize with white
White walls, towels and other bathroom accessories are key features in a spa. The simplicity gives off the serene, crisp vibe rather the noisy, chaotic distraction bright colors might exude.

5.  Light some candles
Besides natural and artificial lighting, you'll want an option that lets you really tone things down after a long day. For those instances, HGTV suggested placing small jar and tin candles throughout the bathroom. You can decorate the counters and strategically set them near the tub. But don't just choose any candles – find a scent that soothes you.

6. Treat yourself with spa-like amenities 
Last but not least, don't forget to treat yourself – after all, this is your home spa. Place a vase of blooming flowers on the counter, along with a pitcher of cucumber water and lavender lotions to tantalize all the senses. 

Remember: giving your bathroom the spa treatment is totally achievable! Don't hesitate to reach out for more information! I will visit your home for a free in-home consultation and help you construct the perfect design plans for the bathroom of your dreams!
Take care,
Cindy Batten
(214) 766-8868

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Minimalism or Maximalism?

What's your style?
Decorating your home is a simple yet bold way to showcase your personality, style and taste to family and friends. But this isn’t easy for everyone: If you don’t have a knack for design, you might find it difficult to arrange furniture, paint the walls, hang decor and place accessories precisely to ensure the space becomes stylish without cramping on comfort and cohesion.

If you find yourself believing that less is more, you may consider a minimalist design approach. On the other hand, if it’s harder for you to set boundaries when it comes to decor, maximalism might be the route for you.

Not sure if you have a preference yet? Don’t worry. Let’s dive deeper into the differences between minimalism and maximalism so you have a better idea of how you want to decorate your home:

Think of minimalism as an “only the essentials” take on home decor. You’re not interested in cluttering a room with as many pieces of furniture, decorations and accessories you can fit. Instead, you want to keep things simple, serene and refreshing. A two-toned color scheme will please you, followed by a sofa, coffee table, area rug and accent wall art. You’re less interested in showcasing your possessions, rather you want to highlight a few, prominent statement pieces. 

Architect Lucien Rees Roberts told Architectural Digest that minimalism design maximizes comfort.

“Minimalism allows beautiful objects to be seen in their most sculptural and pure form whether they are modern or antique. What is essential, though, is that a space be comfortable and warm – a chair should have a lamp nearby for good light for reading, and sitting areas should be conducive to good conversation.”

Minimalism is all about simplicity. If “less is more” is your mantra, this is likely the style for you.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, maximalism has no rules. It’s about making use of different colors, patterns and textures in design, and utilizing bold fabrics, statement furniture and accessories, but in a way that forms a cohesive connection, not a disorderly headache. Take advantage of the opportunity to juxtapose materials and styles, because maximalism doesn’t expect you to match. Remember: With a maximalist design scheme, there are no rules. Think of it as organized chaos.

Architect Kelly Wearstler told Architectural Digest that maximalism is an opportunity to design with no boundaries.

“There is a joy in designing a space without limitations and restrictions, where excess is encouraged and unlikely pairings create beautiful and unexpected harmonies.”

Maximalism celebrates expressive taste. If “more is more” fits your personality, this might be the route to take.

Can’t decide? Call Cindy at Decorating Den Interiors!

If the idea of less is more is appealing to you, yet you’d love to play around with different tones, textures and accessories, call Cindy from Decorating Den Interiors. She will come to your home for a free consultation to assess your space and discuss your ideas. At the end of the day, it’s your home, so a design consultant is going to find a way to meet you in the middle and develop a plan that transforms your dreams into a reality.

So whether you’ve fallen in love with the simplicity of minimalism, can’t wait to show off your maximalist style or still need guidance between the two, contact a Decorating Den Interiors personal decorator today. It’s time to turn your home into the personal sanctuary you always wanted.
Cindy Batten
(214) 766-8868

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving Inspiration

 The Table

Colorful pumpkins make a
great center piece!

Add some greens, like cabbage.

Candles add ambience.

Set candles on rustic wood slices.

Great for a kids' table.

The Place Settings

Mini pumpkins make great favors.

Write your guests' names on cut 
out leaves for personalization
& assigned seating.

Or write their names with
a metallic marker.

Rosemarry: an easy decorative touch 
that smells and looks lovely.

Add a napkin!

Don't dirty your placemats 
and practice gratitude!

Table Activities

Download links:

Home Decor DIY

Mason jars + cranberries + orange slices +
Rosemarry + water + tea lights

Make your own chalkboard sign!

Happy decorating!

The LHO Crew
We are thankful for you.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Game Day: 4 Ways To Get Your Family Room Ready For The Football Season

Football season is here! It's time to retreat to the family room on Sunday afternoon with friends and family to root for the home team and devour delicious homemade appetizers. Whether you get into the game every week, or you're just there for the social interaction, football season offers the perfect opportunity to gather together and catch up.
Before you make any Sunday plans, however, you need to assess your family room and adjust seating and lighting accordingly to accommodate your guests. Here are a few ways to prepare your family room for future football get-togethers:
1. Allow for steady traffic flow
If you plan on turning your home into the ideal viewing space for Sunday football, that means your invite list will likely be hefty. To ensure your space doesn't cramp guests, talk to your personal decorator about arranging the furniture in a way that creates a steady flow of traffic. He or she will lay out your space to maximize comfort, style and functionality in equal measure.
2. Consider new seating arrangements
There's nothing more embarrassing than hosting a party without considering the amount of seating you'll need to accommodate your guests. A large sofa and one chair in the family room isn't going to cut it. Investing in more chairs, and possibly even a sectional, is a smart decision and can prepare you for parties in the future. 

3. Light the room accordingly

Depending on what time of day your home team plays, you'll need to adjust lighting in the room accordingly. If you plan on watching football in the early afternoon, make use of the natural lighting in the family room, or light a few tableside lamps. If your team is playing past sunset, make sure you have enough fixtures to keep the space well-lit for viewing.

4. Provide enough table surfaces
Some of your guests are looking forward to football, while others are strictly there for the snacks and beverages. Provide enough table surfaces to accommodate your friends and family from the time they arrive until the moment your home team scores the winning touchdown. 
Once you've decided what adjustments need to be made in your family room,  feel free to contact me and I can assess the space and go over your ideas for transforming the room. Based on what you've envisioned, I will provided suggestions and help you turn your space into the ideal retreat for Sunday football.
Happy Cheering!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Picture Perfect

Ever have a problem hanging pictures or arranging them on your walls? There’s no shame in needing some help - we aren’t all Joanna Gaines here. So here are some tips on arranging your artwork that will impress even the best in the business.

1. Hang picture at eye level. 
In a living room pictures should be hung so that people sitting in the room may view them while seated. A large picture behind the sofa may end up being as little as four inches from the top of the sofa and it often looks best when displayed alone because it serves as the room’s focal point.

2. Effective picture groupings.
Smaller pictures become more effective when grouped together as opposed to being scattered all over the wall. Balance and spacing are important when arranging artwork.  Pieces should be of similar visual weight as nearby furniture. A rule of thumb is that the space between two pictures should be less than the width of a single picture.

Fun Tip – Framing and hanging your child’s art is a great way to display it with sophistication while making your child feel proud of their work.

3. Hang artwork right – the first time!
If you’re apprehensive about hammering nails into your walls, cut pieces of paper into the size of your pictures. You can even mark the placement of the hooks using this technique.  Then arrange them by taping them on the wall until you are happy with the results. Once you are satisfied, mark where the hooks will go with a pencil, going right through the paper, and proceed to hang your artwork.

4. Display what you love.
The type of artwork you use will depend on your personal preferences and budget. It can be simple prints, needlework, limited edition prints or original art. Of course, the more valuable the piece, the more important its place should be.

Love,The Lakehouse Crew